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  • DC attacker was a single mom with ‘every reason to live’

    10/03/2013 6:10:32 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 162 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/3/13 | Jennifer Bain
    Friends and former Brooklyn neighbors recalled Miriam Carey as a hardworking single mother who had every reason to live. “She had everything going for her,” said Yolanda Napoleon, 40. “A beautiful baby, a man helping her with her baby, a job making 100k per year. Her child was her everything.” Carey, 34, was a dental hygienist who was licensed in both New York and Connecticut. She lived in Brooklyn as recently as 2005 and had a condo in Stamford, Conn. Friends, who grew up with her and her four sisters on Stanley Avenue in Brooklyn, were mystified about how Carey’s...
  • Japan to fill leaking nuke reactor with sea water ["the reactor container was not damaged"]

    03/12/2011 6:11:50 AM PST · by J Aguilar · 229 replies · 2+ views
    AF Reuters ^ | 12 March 2011 | Reuters
    TOKYO, March 12 (Reuters) - Tokyo Electric Power Co plans to fill a leaking reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant with sea water to cool it down and reduce pressure in the unit, Japan's top government spokesman said on Saturday. "The nuclear reactor is surrounded by a steel reactor container, which is then surrounded by a concrete building," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said.
  • Cell Phone Butt Dial Leads To Hilarious (For Us) 30-Person SWAT Team Intervention

    01/05/2011 9:06:03 AM PST · by La Lydia · 49 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 4, 2011
    Yesterday in Winnetka, Illinois, a 30-person SWAT team crashed into a middle school to save an employee. His wife had frantically called the police after a garbled phone call led her to believe he had been kidnapped. However, they soon discovered that the man had just accidentally “butt dialed” her while listening to music and was completely fine. Yes, this story is basically what would happen if Clark Griswold had a cell phone. It all started because the employee (who, unsurprisingly, is attempting to avoid the press at this point) was listening to a rap song in his car when...
  • Video surfaces of SWAT team shooting pet dog during raid

    05/05/2010 3:45:32 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 259 replies · 3,622+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05/05/10 | Mike Riggs
    The video of a Columbia, Mo., SWAT team shooting and killing a dog during a drug raid is now available online, due in part to the efforts of the Columbia Daily Tribune. The video shows members of the Columbia Police Department executing a narcotics raid on the home of Jonathan Whitworth. While the raid, which occurred in February, only turned up a misdemeanor amount of marijuana and a glass pipe, the Columbia PD was able to charge Whitworth with second-degree child endangerment because a child lives in the home. That same child, age 7, was present when the Columbia PD...
  • A fair 'freakout'...Health reform vs. Patriot Act

    03/27/2010 3:00:24 AM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies · 772+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 27, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    During the 2004 Democratic convention, I was on a train heading to Boston's Fleet Center. While straining to contain my excitement over the prospect of hearing presidential nominee John Kerry's soaring oratory, I was distracted by a woman standing in front of me. She was part of a big group of very excited Democrats, convinced that their man was going to lift the dark, evil cloud that hung over George Bush's America like the shadow of Sauron over Mordor. Adorning her topcoat, she had a giant button. It read: "I do not consent to any search." I gathered this was...
  • Charter school teacher suspended for "disturbing" note (Suburban Boston)

    06/18/2009 10:27:55 AM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 11 replies · 2,178+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 18, 2009 | L.E. Crowley
    Charter school teacher suspended for "disturbing" note By L.E. Crowley A physics teacher at the South Shore Charter School has been suspended after police were informed of a “disturbing” and “violent” note he scrawled at his desk during class. The teacher, Max Yarmolinsky, will face misdemeanor charges in the incident.
  • My best to all of you.

    06/14/2008 8:17:49 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 350 replies · 636+ views
    6/14/08 | Dawnsblood
    I wish you all the best. I have tried to post tributes to the Army, info on Obama's horrendous run for office and McCain's slightly less horrible attempt. I wish you all the best but FR is just as likely to exclude people from the deabte as anyone else. They have that right, freedom to cleave to whoever you like is a right I agree with but I am guessing I am not one Jim wants associate with. I wish you all the best but I am bowing out of this forum. Have a great life. God bless u all!
  • Explosion, fire reported in Waukegan mall (Illinois)

    02/28/2008 11:28:57 AM PST · by SE Mom · 146 replies · 731+ views
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 28 February 2008
    WAUKEGAN, Ill. -- Firefighters from several departments are battling what appeared to be an explosion and fire at a shopping plaza early Thursday afternoon. The fire is burning at 1926 Grand Ave. in the northern suburb, a shopping plaza home to Tuxedo World, Cleopatra's Unisex Hair Salon, Cellular Concepts and a travel agency. Authorities reported there are several injuries. Reports of a structure collapse could not be confirmed. Authorities have closed Grand Avenue between Martin and Lewis avenues, and crews from People's Gas are on the scene because firefighters fear a gas leak.
  • Police say girl lied about school attack

    01/15/2008 5:49:35 AM PST · by dr.zaeus · 27 replies · 72+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | January 12, 2008 | Gina Davis
    A sixth-grade girl at Perry Hall Middle School lied about being sexually assaulted this week in a school restroom, Baltimore County police said yesterday. Based on their investigation, police concluded that the incident did not occur, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman. Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger said that prosecutors have reviewed the facts of the case and decided not to charge the 11-year-old girl...
  • SWAT Unit Raids Wrong Home, Leaves Mess Behind

    11/21/2007 5:28:20 PM PST · by ovrtaxt · 21 replies · 164+ views
    WLWT.com ^ | November 21, 2007 | Unknown
    LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. -- A SWAT team raids the wrong home in Lawrenceburg, Ind., now the homeowner wants some answers.Police said they were led to the Village Apartments on the trail of fugitive Sean Deaton.Convinced he was inside apartment 407G, the Lawrenceburg SWAT unit surrounded the building.
  • Video Shows Hot Springs Officer Choking, Wrestling Skateboarders

    06/27/2007 1:39:36 PM PDT · by TheTruthAintPretty · 29 replies · 1,600+ views
    Video from the popular internet web site YouTube that was posted by one of six people arrested for skateboarding in downtown hot springs is causing quiet a stir. Hot Springs police say the skateboarders were in violation of a city ordinance. Now three minors and three adults are facing charges, and the officer who arrested them is on administrative leave. [ snip ] (Matt McCormack, Arrested for Skateboarding) "He grabbed a kid from around his back by the neck and took him to the ground and choked him." (Skylar Nalls, Arrested for Skateboarding) "The kid didn't know that he was...
  • Ann Coulter's bigotry exposed once again

    03/05/2007 9:42:08 AM PST · by Pikachu_Dad · 170 replies · 4,067+ views
    Alaska Report ^ | March 4, 2007 | Unknown
    Ann Coulter's bigotry exposed once again March 4, 2007 ... Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference before a crowd on Friday, Coulter said, "I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot,' so I — so kind of an impasse, can't really talk about Edwards." "Ann Coulter's use of an anti-gay slur yesterday was un-American and indefensible," Edwards said in a posting on his Web site, www.johnedwards.com.
  • Boston Guerrilla Marketing Suspects Press Conference

    02/01/2007 10:25:00 AM PST · by Lunatic Fringe · 273 replies · 9,826+ views
    "That is not a hair question." "That is also not a hair question." These guys are kind of funny.
  • Boston cops make arrest in devices ploy (media terrorist)

    01/31/2007 6:45:54 PM PST · by tobyhill · 223 replies · 7,427+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 1/31/2007 | KEN MAGUIRE, Associated Press Writer
    BOSTON - More than 10 blinking electronic devices planted at bridges and other spots in Boston threw a scare into the city Wednesday in what turned out to be a publicity campaign for a late-night cable cartoon. Most if not all of the devices depict a character giving the finger. Boston police said Wednesday night that one person had been arrested, and authorities scheduled a news conference to provide details. Highways, bridges and a section of the Charles River were shut down and bomb squads were sent in before authorities declared the devices were harmless. "It's a hoax — and...
  • FOX Uses Subliminal Ploy On Foley Head Shot

    10/04/2006 7:25:19 AM PDT · by steve-b · 78 replies · 4,846+ views
  • Gun found at Baltimore airport shuts 2 terminals

    09/22/2006 7:17:15 AM PDT · by xjcsa · 19 replies · 710+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | September 22, 2006
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A gun found in a carry-on bag at a security checkpoint at Baltimore-Washington International Airport prompted authorities to shut two terminals on Friday, a security official said. The firearm was discovered shortly before 7 a.m. and did not make it through the screening, said Carrie Harmon, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration. The airport's terminals A and B were closed and passengers were being brought out from these areas and rescreened, Harmon said by telephone. The gun was turned over to law enforcement officials, she said.
  • Trans Texas Corridor route would remove thousands of farm acres from production

    09/21/2006 2:31:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies · 965+ views
    Southwest Farm Press ^ | September 21, 2006 | Ron Smith
    Pat Hensen spent a good part of his 35-year career with the Soil Conservation Service (now Natural Resource Conservation Service) helping Texas Blacklands farmers improve their land. And he’s invested considerable time, effort and money the last 20 years doing the same on his own or leased acreage. And it may all end up under yards of concrete and asphalt if the Trans Texas Corridor passes muster and follows the latest proposed route. “My farm would be in the middle of it,” Hensen says from his Bell County living room where he and wife Loretta participate in a grassroots campaign...
  • Officials: U.S., France reach Mideast resolution (US Appeasement?)

    08/05/2006 8:00:16 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 153 replies · 4,192+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 8/5/2006 | AP
    UNITED NATIONS - The United States and France reached agreement Saturday on a U.N. Security Council resolution aimed at ending the fighting between Israel and Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said. Bolton refused to comment on the text, but an official with knowledge of the document said the draft calls for a “full cessation of violence” between Israel and Hezbollah, but would allow Israel the right to launch strikes if Hezbollah attacks it.
  • SC: Gang members toting high-powered weapons on Columbia's streets

    07/21/2006 11:10:33 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 88 replies · 2,560+ views
    WIS-TV (South Carolina) ^ | 7/19/06 | Angie Goff
    Lexington) July 19, 2006 - Gang violence in the Midlands has some people on edge. On Saturday, 19-year-old Denise Boykin was shot and killed at the Barnyard Flea Market in Lexington County. Authorities think gunmen were trying to target the woman's boyfriend. Six people have been arrested. A semi-automatic weapon was used in the shooting. A SLED agent shows us the power of an AK-47, capable of shooting nine bullets at one time going 2,400 feet per second. It's the type of gun used in combat. But one of them was found on the streets of Columbia. It's one of...
  • Secretary of State Rice to announce "diplomatic plan" for Middle East crisis

    07/21/2006 8:43:46 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 48 replies · 790+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | July 21, 2006
    WASHINGTON - the American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will announce Friday the first details of a "diplomatic plan" international for the Middle East, indicated to AFP a high person in charge for the State Department.Mrs. Rice, who prepares to go in the area, "will have something to say this afternoon", declared the person in charge American."We are working in a diplomatic plan which would tackle the violence to which we attend and the roots of this violence", it added. "It will be an international effort".According to the American chain NBC, Mrs. Rice tries to organize a meeting of...
  • Pensioner who kept neighbour's football 'treated like a criminal'

    06/24/2006 2:13:55 AM PDT · by FreedomCalls · 74 replies · 2,372+ views
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 23rd June 2006 | Staff
    The occasional football flying over the garden fence is an inconvenience familiar to most people with a young family as neighbours. It is certainly familiar to Ray Markham. He has returned more than 50 balls to policeman neighbour Stewart Bosworth and his two sons over the last two years. But when one leather ball crashed into his greenhouse recently, breaking a pane, the retired taxi firm manager decided to take a stand and refused to hand it back. The incident prompted Sergeant Bosworth to call in four colleagues from Warwickshire police to arrest Mr Markham, 68, for alleged theft of...
  • Boy Who Brought Squirt Gun To School Is Expelled [10 year old]

    05/10/2006 9:15:58 PM PDT · by ncountylee · 17 replies · 552+ views
    CBS/KDKA ^ | May 10, 2006
    (KDKA) PENN HILLS We now know the fate of the 10 year old boy who got into big trouble for taking a squirt gun to school. The Penn Hills School District has decided to expel Jokari Becker until 2007. Jokari hasn't been to school since April 5, when he was suspended. His parents got a phone call from the superintendent Wednesday saying the fifth grader has been expelled until at least January 2007, for violating the school code of discipline and responsibilities. In part, the district's discipline code says a weapon is defined - but not limited to - a...
  • Campus cartoon showing planned: It prompts anger by Muslim groups

    02/26/2006 2:09:42 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 60 replies · 1,335+ views
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | February 26, 2006 | By Gillian Flaccus
    Campus cartoon showing planned It prompts anger by Muslim groups By Gillian Flaccus ASSOCIATED PRESS February 26, 2006 IRVINE – The cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that sparked mass demonstrations across the Middle East and Europe are causing unrest on a smaller scale at the University of California Irvine, after a student group announced plans to “unveil” the drawings at a panel on Islamic extremism. The panel, which is scheduled to take place on campus Tuesday, has prompted angry reaction from several Muslim groups, including the school's Muslim Student Union. Another group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, was invited to...
  • Bush Gets Ready For Cheney (At least our side can quip)

    02/14/2006 11:07:17 AM PST · by 101st-Eagle · 24 replies · 1,045+ views
    St Petersburg Slimes ^ | Feb 14, 2006 | Bill Varian
    TAMPA - Gov. Jeb Bush took a rare opportunity to one-up late night talk show hosts Monday when he appeared at the Florida State Fair Governor's Day Luncheon. Like other guests, the governor was given a "No Farmers, No Food" sticker from the Florida Farm Bureau. Opening his remarks before the 1,000 or so guests gathered, Bush made a show of placing the sticker on his chest. The sticker was bright orange - like a hunting jacket. "I'm a little concerned that Dick Cheney is going to walk in," he quipped.
  • The Spoiled and Pampered Pets of Uncle Sam

    01/18/2006 2:41:10 PM PST · by stm · 17 replies · 763+ views
    Soldiers for the Truth ^ | 13 Jan 06 | Raymond Perry
    The pending Court Martial of Lt Bryan Black, an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy, highlights the essential hypocrisy of service academy leadership's modus operandi. The personal honesty and integrity of these leaders is not the issue, rather it is the systemic attitude that allows leaders to focus only on those things that may embarrass the institution, while passing on things that are equally offensive but less embarrassing. In this instance Lt Black was serving as a Safety Officer on one of the academy's Yard Patrol Craft (YP) during a training excursion into the Chesapeake Bay. This young officer appears...
  • ESPN's Berman: "Feets Don't Fail Me Now"

    12/31/2005 5:11:20 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 164 replies · 5,321+ views
    ESPN/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein December 31, 2005 - 19:48. When a few years ago Rush Limbaugh suggested that the media, hoping for a black-quarterback success story, had over-rated Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb, ESPN fired him from its Sunday night football show. Can you imagine what the media would have done to Rush had he dared to employ the classically racial "feets don't fail me now" line? Yet that is exactly what major ESPN personality Chris Berman did a few minutes ago in introducing coverage of this afternoon's Denver Broncos game. He apparently said it vis a vis white Denver Broncos...
  • Producer Responds To SFPD Video Scandal

    12/08/2005 6:39:33 PM PST · by Caesar Soze · 9 replies · 562+ views
    CBS ^ | 8 December, 2005
    (CBS 5) SAN FRANCISCO A parody video that features uniformed and plainclothes San Francisco police officers and racist and sexist stereotypes has led to the suspension of at least 20 police officers. In a press conference Wednesday evening with Police Chief Heather Fong, Mayor Gavin Newsom described the video as a series of skits showing situations demeaning to Asians, African-Americans, homosexuals and transsexuals. Police Chief Heather Fong called the videos “egregious, shameful and despicable.” Police officer Andrew Cohen, who produced the video vignettes and was among those suspended, told CBS 5 the video was made for the Bayview police station's...
  • Pepsico flipped off due to middle finger

    05/21/2005 1:04:44 AM PDT · by Brian Allen · 187 replies · 4,491+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | FRiday May 20 2005 | Joe Kovacs
    Rush Limbaugh sounds off on controversy as many urge boycotts, firing of president An apology by PepsiCo's president who likened the United States to a middle finger is apparently doing little to calm outrage caused by her remarks. In the wake of WorldNetDaily's coverage of Indra Nooyi's commencement speech to graduates at Columbia Business School in which she compared the U.S. to the middle finger with both positive and negative connotations, consumers are vowing to boycott the company, and the topic is being widely discussed on talk radio.
  • Hannity bashes Free Republic (February 2005)

    02/16/2005 12:12:54 PM PST · by 1Old Pro · 3,151 replies · 119,253+ views
  • 'Crazy' Teddy Bear Won't Be Sold Anymore

    02/03/2005 1:34:58 PM PST · by RepublicanReptile · 32 replies · 903+ views
    AP via Yahoo news ^ | 02-03-05 | DAVID GRAM
    By DAVID GRAM, Associated Press Writer MONTPELIER, Vt. - After weeks of protests, Vermont Teddy Bear Co. has agreed to stop producing and marketing a "Crazy For You" bear that had angered advocates for the mentally ill, four advocacy groups said Thursday. Company spokeswoman Nicole L'Huillier said the statement issued by the groups was "a little bit inaccurate," but would not immediately elaborate. The $69.95 bear — which comes with a straitjacket and commitment papers — no longer appeared on the company's Web site Thursday. The Valentine's Day (news - web sites) bear was criticized as insensitive by mental health...
  • Dozens of Children Injured in Sledding Accident During New Year's Eve Party

    01/01/2005 11:26:57 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 106 replies · 3,507+ views
    AP ^ | Jan 1, 2005 | Anon
    MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Thirty-six children were injured in a sledding accident during an all-night New Year's Eve party hosted by a religious organization. Three of the children were hospitalized, but all were in stable condition Saturday, hospital officials said. The others were treated and released. Police Sgt. Winston Black said more than 100 children ages 12 to 19 attending a Youth for Christ event gathered at a high school around 4 a.m. to slide down a hill using sleds built out of cardboard boxes. A sign posted on the hill prohibited sledding. The children and Youth for Christ staff...
  • Gibson's right to his 'Passion'

    02/01/2004 2:50:51 PM PST · by ultima ratio · 6 replies · 206+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 2, 2004 | Michael Medved
    Gibson's right to his 'Passion' Overreaction will cause more anti-Semitism than movie itself By Michael Medved SEATTLE – Any honest discussion of Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ" must begin with recognition of a few undeniable facts: The movie has been made and will open in thousands of theaters worldwide this month. It will draw eager audiences and become a box office hit - due in part to prerelease controversy, the "must see" factor has reached an almost unprecedented level of intensity among both committed Christians and the cinematically curious. Mainstream Christian leaders of every denomination will embrace...
  • William & Mary officials investigate charge of sexual assault

    09/12/2003 12:09:14 PM PDT · by shhrubbery! · 30 replies · 839+ views
    Daily Press (Hampton Roads, VA) ^ | 9/12/03 | Patti Rosenberg
    WILLIAMSBURG -- A 16-year-old Middle Peninsula girl says a College of William and Mary student raped her at a fraternity party Saturday night. While the city prosecutor is preparing to take the case to a grand jury, the college's president has asked for an internal review of social functions and alcohol on the campus. [snip] ...Campus police were notified about the incident early Sunday, when they were called to Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester, where the girl had gone for treatment, according to a police officer's sworn statement. The statement says the girl told police she attended a party...
  • Write a Story, Go to Jail

    08/22/2003 12:58:30 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 28 replies · 640+ views
    wired news ^ | Aug. 22, 2003 | Kim Zetter
    <p>Brian Robertson was just months away from graduation at Moore High School in Moore, Oklahoma, last year when he found the beginnings of what he thought was a short story on a school computer. He copied the file to another computer, added some paragraphs to the initial text and then promptly got arrested.</p>
  • License Computer Users

    08/19/2003 10:40:04 AM PDT · by new cruelty · 68 replies · 383+ views
    PC Magazine ^ | August 18, 2003 | John C. Dvorak
    <p>Over this past weekend yet another virus/Trojan/worm/whatnot attack culminated in a lot of panic. Apparently, far too many systems were infected with this latest disease, and the Net was once again choking on the aftereffects. Probably the blackout in New York and much of the Northeast saved us because it simply took machines offline.</p>
  • Boy, 12, arrested with gun at school

    06/06/2003 8:53:27 AM PDT · by tomakaze · 46 replies · 480+ views
    Tri-City Herald ^ | 14 MAY 03 | Tri City Herald Staff
    Boy, 12, arrested with gun at school     WHITSRAN -- Whitstran Elementary School was under a temproary lockdown Monday afternoon after a teacher noticed a boy with a gun in a nearby field near the school.   Capt. Charles Kissler of the Benton County Sheriff's Office said a 12 year old boy was arrested for trespassing and having a gun on school property.   Kissler saidthe boy, who told his parents he was too sick to go to school, was apparently hunting small birds with a pellet gun in a feild next to the school.   Superintendent Ray Tolacher...
  • FREEP CBS for False "Gay Marriage" Claims on Amazing Race

    06/04/2003 1:51:53 PM PDT · by Vitamin A · 96 replies · 433+ views
    Self & Worldnetdaily | 6/4/2003 | Andrew Ainsworth & Joe Kovacs
    Friends, The Amazing Race is one of the most popular TV shows. Unfortunately, CBS has chosen to use the term "married" to describe the relationship of two males from California who are featured on that show. As such, CBS is effectively broadcasting to the nation that "marriage" between two men is valid and exists, despite the fact that NO state in the U.S. recognizes two men as being "married" to each other. At most, Vermont has recognized a "civil union" between two males, but that law was expressly designed not to use the term "marriage" or "married." California and Hawaii...
  • Boy sticks out Tongue, is Suspended

    04/14/2003 10:40:44 PM PDT · by Coleus · 97 replies · 486+ views
    EL Paso Times ^ | 04.01.03
    Boy sticks out tongue, is suspended David Crowder, El Paso Times Sal Santana II, a 12-year-old Magoffin Middle School student, said he stuck his tongue out at a girl who declined his invitation to be his girlfriend. School district administrators viewed the incident as sexual harassment, suspended him for three days and are considering placing him in an alternative school. "This is crazy," said Sal's mother, Silvia Santana. "It's a shame that a guy trying to be cute with a girl can get himself into this much trouble. I don't think he even knows what sexual harassment is." El Paso...
  • At What Price Safety?

    09/09/2002 2:08:56 AM PDT · by DoughtyOne · 12 replies · 204+ views
    My own thoughts | 08/09/2002 | DoughtyOne
    Sandy and I attended a fundraiser Sunday evening.  It was held at Dreamworks in Glendale, California.  The beneficiary was the Glendale Rose Parade Float Committee.  Numerous local business concerns manned booths providing free samples of their wares, mostly food.  Community members came together for this social gathering.  A silent auction, a raffle and an audible auction were held to market items that benefited the effort.  The event was nice.  The venue was a Dreamworks courtyard area on a balmy summer evening.  Attendees had purchased tickets to attend. When Sandy and I drove up to the parking structure, we noted four...